This Month in Adult Books: August 2021

Reading recommendations for adults
August 17, 2021
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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach (Coming September 14)
Having previously explored topics like space, digestion, and dead bodies, Mary Roach is now examining the ways in which humans can enter into conflict with the natural world. From animal attacks, to dangerous plants, to vermin, and what happens when animals break human law. Roach interviews the experts and gets up close and personal with her subjects to offer the reader another delightful quirky tour through science, answering the questions you’ve have always wondered about but never dared speak aloud. 

New & Upcoming
As we head to the end of summer, there are plenty of choices for readers of all sorts. Here’s just a few books to give you an idea.
  • Romance readers will be thrilled to check out Bombshell by Sarah Maclean, the first book in the new Hell’s Belles series featuring a group of lady justice fighters and a sizzling second chance romance. 
  • If you prefer chills as you turn the pages, Stephen Graham Jones returns with a homage to slasher films and biting critique of American colonialism in My Heart is a Chainsaw.
  • If a multigenerational family saga is more your style, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois, the debut novel from poet Honoree Fannone Jeffers is a staggering and ambitious story celebrating the African-American family.
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What We’re Reading
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (audio)
This collection of essays, many first read on the author’s podcast of the same name, rates the author’s experience with a variety of trivial things ranging from Diet Dr Pepper to the winter mix weather phenomenon in the Midwest to staphylococcus aureus. (Yes, he rates a bacteria. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t rate very high.) Some touch upon the serious, some are funny, most of them are actually both, and all of them are delightfully entertaining - especially given Green’s pitch perfect narration. 

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